Thursday, January 22, 2015

Warm Up with SPIKE HEELS

SPIKE HEELS opens tomorrow night! We crashed a rehearsal to chat with the cast and director about their roles, Theresa Rebeck's writing, and why you should come see it.

SPIKE HEELS runs January 23–February 8, 2015 at THE WEST STAGE AT THE RAVEN THEATRE COMPLEX. Thursdays–Saturdays @ 8 PM and Sundays @ 3:30 PM. Tickets are available at

Tuesday, January 06, 2015


Aaaaand here's how I Snapchat on pain meds. Root canals are no fun. Floss your teeth, y'all.

Thursday, December 04, 2014

A Classic Holiday Wish

Steve Martin: If I had one wish that I could wish this holiday season, it would be for all the children of the world to join hands and sing together in the spirit of harmony and peace.

If I had two wishes that I could wish for this holiday season, the first would be for all the children of the world to join hands and sing in the spirit of harmony and peace.. and the second would be for $30 million a month to be given to me, tax-free in a Swiss bank account.

You know, if I had three wishes that I could make this holiday season, first, of course, would be for all the children to get together and sing.. the second would be for the $30 million every month to me.. and the third would be for all encompassing power over every living being thing in the entire universe.

And if I had four wishes that I could make this holiday season, first would be the crap about the kids.. second would be for the $30 million.. the third would be for all the power.. and the fourth would be to set aside one month each year for an extended 31-day orgasm, to be brought about slowly by Rosanna Arquette and that model Paulina somebody, I can't think of her name, of course my lovely wife could come, too. She's behind me 100% on this, I guarantee you.

Wait a minute, maybe that sex thing should be the first wish! So, if I made that the first wish, because, you know, it could all go boom tomorrow, and then what have you got? No, no.. the kids singing would be great, that would be nice. No, no, who am I kidding! I mean, theyu're not gonna be able to get all those kids together! I mean, the logistics of the thing is impossible! It's mroe trouble than it's worth! So, we reorganize: here we go. First, the sex - we go with that; second, the money. No! We go with the power second, then the money, and then the kids. Oh, wait, oh geez! I forgot about revenge against my enemies! Okay.. revenge against all my enemies, they should die like pigs in Hell! That would be the fourth wish! And of course, my fifth wish would be for all the children of the world to join hands and sing in the spirit of peace and harmony. Thank you, everybody.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Brown Paper Box Co. has 4 Award Nominations!

Voting has opened for the 2014 BroadwayWorld Chicago Regional Awards, and we've been nominated for in 4 categories! Thank you all so much for your support in getting us nominated, but we need your help in winning one of the titles. Here are our nominations:

Voting will continue until December 31, 2014 and winners will be announced shortly after that. Thanks again!

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Monday, October 13, 2014

Art Institute of Chicago

Although a little on the nose, 6 of the best reasons to visit the Art Institute of Chicago.

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Goodman Theatre's Smokefall

This review will be uncharacteristically short and to the point: Noah Haidle's SMOKEFALL, currently occupying the Goodman's Albert stage following last year's successful Owen run, is absolutely stunning.

It's a near-perfect show (I wish Act 2 featured the interactions found in Act 1) performed with nuance, honesty, and underlying compassion from Catherine Combs, Anne Forgarty, Katherine Keberlein, Guy Massey, Eric Slater, and the consummate power-house Mike Nussbaum. Haidle's characters speak of love, life, & family, and each simple observation rings of genuine truth.

Kevin Depinet's set is a wonder and Lindsay Jones' sound design is thrilling. Director Anne Kauffman has daftly staged one of the best new plays in years. I cannot italicize or bold the words 'best' and 'years' enough.

I walked into last night's opening knowing SMOKEFALL was akin to Thornton Wilder's Our Town, but that was all. Nothing else. I highly recommend knowing just as little, but cannot recommend it enough.

I adored it. See SMOKEFALL.

From's review.

Snapchat Challenge: What the Closest Word?

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Does your audition monologue need a fresh set of eyes & ears?

Audition Monologue Workshop in Chicago
Saturday, October 18, 12:00p-2:00p
Theatre Momentum, Studio C
(1800 W Cornelia Ave.)

From the second you walk into an audition room to the company's final, "Thanks for coming!" you have ample opportunities to make a positive lasting impression with casting directors and production staff. For 2 hours, we'll create a supportive and informative atmosphere working through monologues and audition techniques for up to 10 actors. We'll also have space in the room for those wishing to audit the workshop.

$15 to perform and work your monologue (10 slots available).
$5 to audit and not perform (up to 8 slots available).

Please prepare one 90-second contemporary monologue and dress as if you were attending a real audition. Come prepared to take some notes (recording devices are ok!), gain some advice, and have a fun afternoon.

To attend our monologue workshop, please book your slot here. Space is limited, so book while you can!

Picture M. William Panek (Executive Director/Workshop Facilitator) is a founding member of The Brown Paper Box Co. and graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a BFA in Stage Direction. Most recently, he directed William Finn's A New Brain at Rivendell Theatre and coordinated & hosted "Proud at Mary's: A June Cabaret" at Mary's Attic. Chicago directing credits: Aloha, Say the Pretty Girls (BroadwayWorld Award nominee - Best Director, non-Equity), Godspell (BroadwayWorld Award nominee - Best Musical Revival, non-Equity), the world premiere of Aaron Golden's To Tree(BroadwayWorld Award nominee - Best New Work), Reefer Madness! The Musical in 2010, and its subsequent 4/20 remounts in 2011 and 2012. In addition, he has appeared in The Brown Paper Box Co.'s "Character Breakdown: A Miscast Cabaret" at Davenport's Piano Bar and Cabaret. William was an artistic associate with The Orchard Project in Hunter, NY, a production assistant for the 24-Hour Musicals at Joe's Pub, and the business management assistant at the Williamstown Theatre Festival.